Kindred by Alex Cameron

Oil On Canvas
24 × 20 inches
61 × 50.8 cm
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Thick brushwork of pink, orange, yellow, green and crimson swirl into a psychedelic explosion of paisleys, concentric circles and organic shapes beaded with small dollops of white, orange and purple in this intense oil painting on canvas. Titled kindred, the work refers to like energies or sympathies in others. In the 1960s, Alex Cameron was introduced to abstraction in painting by artists in New York and in Toronto. Cameron studied at the New School of Art in Toronto under non-figurative painters Graham Coughtry, Gord Raynor and Dennis Burton. In the 1970s, he became a studio assistant to Jack Bush and worked for the famed Mirvish Gallery. Cameron's work grew from these exposures to abstraction evident in his early flat, animated areas of color that here have given way to impasto. According to Nasgaard in Abstract Painting in Canada, what sets Cameron apart from his peers are his "unabashed sense of humor and his high spirits." Alex Cameron’s paintings have been collected extensively in Canada and abroad. Notable collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Bank of Canada, and The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Art Collection.

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